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LUXICO’s 2020 -21 travel guide to sunshine coast: A slice of paradise to rival a European summer

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 When life gives you lemons, make lemonade!  Staying local this summer doesn’t have to mean staying home – in fact it’s the perfect time to explore some of Australia’s homegrown beauties.

The Sunshine Coast is one of Australia’s most idyllic beach destinations, offering a melting pot of natural wonders, hinterland experiences and trendy local hotspots.

If you’re looking for a slice of paradise to rival a European summer and distant island beaches – look no further than the Sunshine Coast.



Sum Yung Guys
Sunshine Beach

If you’re a Masterchef fan, you’ll love this restaurant owned by 2016 runner-up Matt Sinclair along with three of his friends. It is a true cultural gem, offering authentic asian cuisine highlighting Thai, Vietnamese, Chinese and Korean flavours as well as some delicious cocktails.

46 Duke Street
Sunshine Beach, 4567 QLD


Wasabi is one of Noosa’s most prestigious waterfront restaurants. This two-hatted eatery is one for lovers of exceptional Japanese cuisine. Their menu is full of seasonal produce from their farm at Honeysuckle Hill, with other regional ingredients and the amazing seafood caught daily from the local fishing fleet.

2 Quamby Place
Noosa Sound, 4567 QLD


A Noosa classic that takes you right through from afternoon drinks to evening dinner, and late night dessert. Enjoy their fine dining, traditional Italian dishes – including delicious wood-fire pizzas and pastas. The menu changes seasonally, featuring both local produce and premium imported ingredients.

62 Hastings Street
Noosa Heads, 4567 QLD

Spirit House – Yandina

If you’re hoping for a memorable experience, this hinterland restaurant is top of the list. The Spirit House is the Sunshine Coast’s most awarded Asian/Thai restaurant and cooking school. Set in a lush tropical Asian garden, it’s certainly worth the trip.

20 Ninderry Rd, Yandina QLD 4561

Rice Boi

One thing stands out when you visit this much-loved local…flavour! Experience the lively atmosphere while enjoying the perfect combination of modern, Asian-fusion eats and cold drinks.

123, The Wharf Mooloolaba, Parkyn Parade, Mooloolaba QLD 4557


Looking for the ultimate waterfront restaurant? Look no further. Just a short drive from iconic Hastings Street is Rickys River Bar and Restaurant. It’s the perfect spot to treat yourself to a relaxed lunch, evening dinner or even some late night cocktails.

2 Quamby Place
Noosa Heads, 4567 QLD

Spice Bar

Spice Bar is a gem of Modern Asian Cuisine, not to mention its boutique international wine list. The trendy restaurant offers an incredible open kitchen design, a bar and outdoor balcony seating with breathtaking views of the Pacific ocean.

129 Mooloolaba Esplanade, Mooloolaba QLD 4557



The Riverside Bistro makes for the perfect place to visit with young kids, offering a range of bistro style meals. Treat yourself to a dish on a warm summers evening with the family on the out-door decking.

Lions Park, Gympie Terrace, Noosaville


If you’re looking for a quick bite to eat that will keep the whole family happy, you can’t go past Betty’s Burgers & Concrete Co. This is a classic burger shack, serving the freshest, juiciest and most mouth-watering burgers around.

Shop 2/50 Hastings St, Noosa Heads


Make the short trip west and discover the incredible lush gardens at Guru Life. This is the ultimate spot for kids to play and enjoy the nature around them, with a menu full of colourful, healthy and delicious options.

 522 Petrie Creek Road, Rosemount.


Enjoy a family meal overlooking Noosa’s Laguna Bay, with a menu inspired by seasonal local produce boasting home grown ingredients from fresh seafood through to much-loved pub classics. This spot caters for everyone, with the little ones looked after with the fantastic kids section.

19 Noosa Drive, Noosa Heads



Glass House Mountains & Maleny

The Glass House Mountains peak above the horizon line of Sunshine Coast, but to get the best view you’ll have to make a little journey.

Maleny offers the perfect viewing spot – simply drive to Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve and discover their viewing platforms. You will also have the chance to enjoy the lush subtropical rainforest and various walking tracks.

Laguna Lookout & Mt Tinbeerwah

There’s nothing like an early-morning sunrise or evening sunset.

Laguna Lookout offers a prime location, simply take the car to the end of Viewland Drive, or if you’re feeling adventurous head there by foot up a steep trail from Yanaman Bushland Reserve. 

Slightly more of a drive is Mt. Tinbeerwah, offering incredible panoramic views (as featured above).

Fairy Pools

Fancy an ocean dip in the ultimate photo-worthy beach spot? Sunshine Coast’s Fairy Pools are a natural beauty carved out of Granite Bay’s cliff face.

The cherry on top is that this local spot is also famous for its native wildlife, with many visitors arriving in the hopes of sighting koalas and dolphins.

Kondalilla Falls

Don’t forget to visit Noosa’s waterfall dropping 90m to ground level. Simply drive to Kondalilla Falls car park, and walk 100-metres downhill (with steps) to a large grassed picnic area with barbecues, picnic tables and toilets. Start on the Picnic Creek circuit and continue onto the Kondalilla Falls circuit, offering the best waterfall views! This is a grade 3 track – remember to take water for the walk and leave time to return in daylight!


Kayaking on the Noosa Everglades

Enjoy a one of a kind experience with Kanu Kapers. Their Everglade kayak tour was voted the best Eco Tour in Australia 2018 & 2019! While many lovers of nature and adventure flock to Noosa National Park, if you head out a little further you will have an incredible wildlife experience as you glide through the Noosa Everglades.

11 Toolara St, Boreen Point QLD 4565

Australia Zoo

Perhaps one of the most popular family attractions when visiting the Sunshine Coast is none other than, Australia Zoo. Their passionate team offers you one of a kind animal experiences, with over 1000 animals to be seen.

1638 Steve Irwin Way, Beerwah QLD 4519

Marine Life Experiences

Looking for a front row seat to some of Australia’s best marine life? Be sure to checkout Sunreef Mooloolaba. Join them for aquatic adventures, from swimming with whales (July-October), to diving and snorkelling experiences.

11 & 12/123 Parkyn Parade, Mooloolaba QLD 4557

Eumundi Markets

With over 200 stalls you will find a range of unique art, craft, jewellery, skincare and clothing. There’s plenty for the foodies here too, with a diverse range of sweets, local produce and cooked dishes!

Open Wednesdays 8am-1.30pm & Saturday 7am-2pm.

Horse Riding Experiences

There’s a few great options when it comes to enjoying a relaxed horse riding experience in Noosa. One of our favourites is the family business, Noosa Horse riding which is perfect for all skill levels. It’s a great opportunity to take in the scenery while making an unforgettable memory – just don’t forget to take a camera to capture some awesome moments.

LAKE: 22 Wills Road (off Eumeralla Road), Weyba Downs, QLD 4562

BEACH: The Esplanade, Noosa North Shore, QLD 4565

Noosa Picnics

If you’re heading to the Sunshine Coast for an occasion, gathering or simply something different, make sure you check out Noosa Picnics. It’s a money can’t buy an experience, with bohemian teepees set up in the most beautiful locations, for family, friends & partners to come together & enjoy.

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